Spirit reader

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From “Note to The Thorn” (1800)

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

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“It was necessary that the Poem, to be natural, should in reality move slowly; yet I hoped, that, by the aid of the meter, to those who should at all enter the spirit of the Poem, it would appear to move quickly.”

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“For the reader cannot be too often reminded that Poetry is passion: it is the history or science of feelings: now every man must know that an attempt to rarely made to communicate impassioned feelings without something of an accompanying consciousness of the inadequateness of our own powers, or the deficiencies of language.”

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